It's given us Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Craig McLachlan. It's been decried as "junk" by an education minister. And it's consistently topped the ratings for the BBC. In this, the 2,000th episode of the Aussie soap, there is only one of the original cast members left - Helen Daniels
(played by Anne Haddy ) who is celebrating her birthday.
Helen's day is complete when two former residents, Paul and Lucy Robinson (played by Stefan Dennis and Melissa
Bell), make a surprise visit.
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Kathy is feeling shattered after recent events but Michelle is on hand to help out.
This week's episodes written by Deborah Cook and Helen Blizard
Producer Diana Kyle ; Director Philip Casson (Omnibus edition is next Sunday)
Curse of the Killer Bug
"Killer bug ate my face!" "Dither and you die!" screamed the tabloid headlines in May this year. For one week the nation was terrorised by an outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria stories.
The "epidemic" of streptococcal infections started in Gloucestershire, but within days claimed victims across the country. Then suddenly there were no more reported cases and the panic was over.
Curse of the Killer Bug goes behind the headlines to examine how the superbug scare happened. Staff at Stroud and Gloucester hospitals assess the way they handled the scare, journalists describe how the story broke and the people of Stroud talk about being the focus of a world news story.
But this first programme in a new series of QED also reveals that while the headlines concentrated on these lurid cases, another deadly strain of bacteria has killed 60 people in the Midlands alone this year. Producer Linda McDougall Series producer Tim Haines
A McDougall Craig production for BBCtv
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The new six-part drama series set on board a North Sea oil rig. 5: While Tom and Izzy's worse fears for Heather are realised, something is wrong on the Osprey.
Written by Kieran Prendiville
Producers Charles Elton and Moira Williams
Director Sandy Johnson
A First Choice production for BBCtv
I The first of two films starring
Robert Redford is this
Oscar-winning comic drama also starring Paul Newman In Chicago, 1936, a friend's death unites two con men to seek revenge on a racket boss.
Director George Roy Hill (1973)
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Lt William Snyder:
Sporting drama starring
An ambitious downhill skier pursues his chance in the Winter Olympics despite hostility from his father. With Camilla Sparv , Joe Jay Albert ,
Timothy Kirk , Dabney Coleman.
DirectorMichael Ritchie (1969)
FILM REVIEWS pages 55-62
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